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AOL Instant Messenger Virus

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

As reported by IMLogic, there is a new IM virus that actually "blind responds" to users making it one of the first viruses to try and talk to the user before getting them to click on a malicious link. The file will be a .pif file so be wary of any files that come across with that extension.

And for all you conspiracy theorists, IMLogic offers a subscription to get full virus details. Interesting how the preventers scoop everyone and will offer full details only

Yahoo! Search Now Accepting Site Feed Submissions

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

As posted on the Yahoo! Search Blog, Yahoo!'s Site Explorer is now accepting submissions in several different formats such as RSS, Atom, single pages and text files. These submission methods will allow webmasters to have more control over their content hitting the Yahoo! search index - something that Google has attempted to do through their Google Base application.

SEO Guide for Beginners

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

SEOmoz.org has published their "Beginner's Guide to Search Engine Optimization". This guide holds some great beginner tips to improve your PageRank and explains terms that you may not be 100% completely familiar with.

Personally, I will be examining some keyword suggestion tools and accessibility issues with this site. I am somewhat satisfied with how the site currently functions; however, after witnessing the ease in which some CMS applications work (like Wordpress), I realize Hagrin does have a long

AntiSpyware Review and Comparison

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

ZDNet Australia has a huge AntiSpyware review posted on their site. You'll be very surprised I think to see who the winners and losers are. This is a great read to familiarize yourself with some anti-spyware options you may not have heard of.

Looking for Available Domain Names?

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

InstantDomainSearch is the best application availabel for searching available domain names. The application checks for the .com and .net suffixes for avialability as you type - no entering in visual confirmations, no pressing buttons and basically no waiting for an HTTP POST (another great AJAX application). Great tool.

30 inch Monitor by Dell Coming

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

As posted by Engadget, Dell will be producing a 30 inch monitor to compete with Apple's 30" offering that you may have seen at your local Apple store or CompUSA. From the Engadget article:

The 3007WFP is said to have a a resolution of 2560 x 1600 (that’s WQXGA, baby!), a 14ms response time, 400cd/m2 brightness, 700:1 contrast ratio, support for HDCP, and a built-in 4-port USB hub and 9-in-1 multimedia card reader. No price, but it should hit North America on December 21st, which means you’ll have to choose between buying Christmas presents for your loved ones or buying yourself one sweet LCD panel.

Microsoft "SNARFs" Gmail

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

BetaNews is reporting that Microsoft will be releasing a new feature to their e-mail called SNARF (anyone? Thundercats?). As described by Microsoft, SNARF is:

The SNARF interface will allow a user to order their unread mail in the way that makes the most sense to them. "People use a variety of strategies to handle triage; there is no single 'best' ordering of email messages to produce an optimal outcome," Microsoft says.

A user can select a certain quality to order their mail using a series of panes. For example, messages could be separated by the date they were sent, or if they were sent directly to the user or as part of a mailing list.

Skype 2.0 Beta for Windows Offers Video Conferencing

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

Skype is now offering video conferencing with their VoIP product in their 2.0 version of their software. I wonder exactly how this will effect the Ebay marketplace as consumers will want to speak face-to-face with people. Auctions have always been very anonymous on the web and now that gap is closing slightly. Many will not adopt or utilize this technology, but this could be an opportunity for some to capitalize on a new auction media.

A.com, B.com, etc. - Finally Going to be Available?

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

A News.com article states that single letter domain names previously reserved may be made available to be purchased in an attempt to ... well, make money.

So, let's guess who will pay out the nose for these domains:

  • A.com = My first guess was Apple; however, being that this would be highly contested for its place in the English language, you might see a bidding war between billionaires who don't even have a stake in anything dealing with the letter A. My dark horse for this domain name would be Agilent Technologies Inc. who currently has the "A" stock ticker on the NYSE.

Best Windows Programs?

By hagrin - Posted on 05 August 2006

Some random blog posted their list of their favorite Windows programs. I linked this post because, for the most part, I do agree with the author. Definitely worth the read.

However, I do have one major disagreement - his choice of broswer. Although Opera is faster (and I am using Opera right now for development purposes), FireFox is quickly advancing as the best browser around. FireFox, through extensions development, has become even more robust than Internet Explorer and most developers are now programming with FireFox in mind.